Since the day I decided to become a medical doctor, I knew that the field of medicine would not limit me. Too often, we’re told to practice medicine and do nothing else. We’re not encouraged to dream big. Well, I reject that! I’m more than a doctor.
Yesterday I began a long-awaited project. For years, I’ve dreamt of directing/producing a feature length documentary. Well, that dream is finally coming to fruition. We officially began the filming of Rise Up! The Story of Black Men In White Coats.
In 2013, when I heard that the number of black men applying to medical school was decreasing, I knew I had to do something about it. The only idea I had was to make a short video and post it on YouTube. I got my brother, Dr. Daniel, and a medical student buddy, and asked them to join me in the video. That was the start of it all.
Six years later, we’re filming a feature length documentary. It’s been tough road to get here, but it’s so worth it. I’m very happy we didn’t listen to those people trying to put us in boxes. Now I can say that I’m more than a doctor…I’m also a film director!
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